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“Spaces: Jarvis, Rice and Vincent” at Rio Gallery – 2 July 2014

Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition “Spaces: Jarvis, Rice and Vincent” at the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show runs from July 18 – August 22, 2014. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An artist reception will be held on July 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

“Spaces” artists Holly Jarvis, Andrew Rice and Marcus Vincent investigate the collective need for the spaces we construct and inhabit, and the spaces with which we interact and by which we define ourselves. We are all interconnected and part of a larger collective — or, as John Donne describes in his enduring poem “No Man Is an Island,” “a piece of the continent.” From personal spaces to family and community spaces, this interconnectedness is paramount to our survival, both individually and as a group. These spaces can provide protection or guidance, but they also can create isolation by inhibiting access. Each artist is addressing these issues through various media, creating a dynamic show of diverse aesthetics.

Through drawing, painting, collage and digital materials, Holly Jarvis’ works illustrate a wandering, rambling mental landscape. These scenes can become interiors; they are deconstructed, and spaces become void. Collaged materials reshape into ambiguous, organic systems that dominate each work, ultimately resting on fields of color or emptiness.

Andrew Rice’s works on paper bridge the gap between drawing and painting. Using oil sticks, he approaches the pieces as a printmaker, working in multiple layers that overlay one another. The end result is thick, heavy and dimensional on the paper. The works for this show reflect the same banal urban landscapes loosely depicted: layers built on top of each other, starting flat and changing over time with each added layer.

The work of Marcus Vincent has been influenced by an almost instinctive response to spaces, both in the material world and in our private, interior spaces. The works originate in an intuitive color scenario that is punctuated by found structural forms that serve as space definers in one sense, and invoke architectural forms in another. Working largely in water-based media, the unpredictability and spontaneity of the medium facilitates an organic, loosely controlled impression, sopping the canvas with various viscosities of acrylic paints and pigment.

“These artists were invited to collaborate on this endeavor after proposing exhibition ideas,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of this creative collaboration. We relish the opportunity to introduce artists in our community and see them work together to produce amazing results.”